Phasing out of plastic microbeads ; 80 % has been completed and 100% of products will be reformulated by the end of 2016
Sustainable Development

plastic microbeads
The occurrence and persistence of plastic debris in the marine environment and waterways is a subject of concern for L’Oréal and for our consumers. When L’Oréal was first made aware of a possible issue concerning the environmental impact of plastic microbeads used as exfoliating agents in its rinsed off products, L’Oréal decided to gradually phase them out [see commitment from 2014]

Since 2013, our R&I team have been working on reformulating our products, exploring many different alternative solutions, as one solution is not responding to the various types of exfoliations and textures our consumers expect from our products. For example, we can use minerals like clays and perlite, powder of fruits kernels and some natural waxes, either alone or in association.  

L’Oréal has made significant progress since its commitment was published. At present, 80% reformulation has been completed and 100% of our rinsed off products will be reformulated by the end of 2016, ahead of our forecasts. 

L’Oréal’s commitment towards more sustainable products is embodied in our sustainability program Sharing Beauty with all. To learn more about L’Oréal’s environmental policy, click here.